The Worker Institute's research, education, and public engagement will focus on central themes that address the interests of working families, including the revitalization of workers' rights and collective representation in a more sustainable society. In all areas, we emphasize innovative ideas, strategies and policies. We start with five core initiatives in the following areas: strategy and leadership development for organizations promoting representation; economic and environmental sustainability to create jobs while bringing together worker and environmental interests; workplace diversity and equity; problems and strategies for precarious workers who lack employment security; and international collective action. Other compelling themes that will shape the Institute's work include immigrant rights and representation, health care service delivery, youth and the labor movement, workers' rights and representation in the public sector, and alternative forms of representation.